- Prime Student members get an extra 10% off this product Here's how (terms and conditions apply)
Leadership Paperback – 2 Oct 2013
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Special offers and product promotions
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
'This book provides a unique and much needed voice to the field of leadership studies, and will have a significant impact worldwide' -
Professor Jonathan Gosling
Director of the Leadership Centre, Exeter University
'An outstanding addition to the Leadership literature. This is an excellent text which takes the field to new heights in the first decade of the 21st century' -
Professor Cary L. Cooper CBE
Profesor of Organisational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University
'In a highly original way, Dr Western helps us to obtain greater insight into the enigma of leadership. I recommend the book strongly for the reader interested in a book on leadership that goes beyond the obvious' -
Manfred Kets de Vries
Director, INSEAD Global Leadership Centre
About the Author
Dr Simon Western is CEO and founder of Analytic-Network Coaching Ltd, an avant garde coaching company whose purpose is to ‘coach leaders to act in good faith to create the good society’ www.analyticnetwork.com. He is an internationally recognised thought leader on coaching and leadership; a consultant, coach, keynote speaker, academic and author of two acclaimed books; Leadership: A Critical Text (SAGE, 2013) and Coaching and Mentoring: A Critical Text (SAGE, 2012). Simon works with senior leaders on strategy, organizational change and their personal leadership challenges. Bringing critical theory, networked theory and psychoanalytic thinking to help leaders develop new insights, act ethically and create change in organizational life is key to his work.
He currently holds positions as President and CEO of ISPSO (the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations) and Adjunct Professor of University College Dublin.
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Simon presents some helpful and thought provoking perspectives on developing Eco leaders through what he terms a "formation process" inspired by his stay in a monastery. I also enjoyed the way early on in the book he spent several pages describing elements of his own personal biography which helped the reader understand from where his own values, beliefs and expertise had arisen. At the end of the book, I was please to be brought full circle back to his personal story, though I would have valued this being more than a single short concluding paragraph.
I'd thoroughly recommend this book to students of leadership, to leaders themselves and of course to those who work in the field of leadership development. But I would go further and say that anyone who is interested/concerned about the way our corporations and companies are being lead and the directions they are heading in could find value in the insights, frameworks and possibilities for the future that Simon Western presents.
[Frederic Laloux' book, Reinventing Organisations book makes a great companion to this one. They are both, using quite different language and approaches, pointing to the same issues and resolutions. In my view, Simon's book is more "head" and Frederic's more "heart". Together they are a powerful combination.]
As an executive coach and developer of leaders, I feel I am now standing above a lot of what I took for granted, and viewing leadership in a more enlightened way. There is something different about this book, different to the mainstream and other academic books, which really stands out for me, and had such an impact on me. I think it’s partly due to (i) a mixture of the different lenses through which leadership is critiqued and reviewed (e.g. history, philosophy, economics, modern day research into leadership efficacy, Ethics, Unconscious processes, Systems Thinking, to name but a few), (ii) the poetry quotations interwoven (e.g. WB Yeats and Bob Dylan!), (iii) the contemporary case studies/contemporary events described, and (iv) the wise, thoughtful attempt at articulating and conceptualising a leadership fit for the 21st Century.
For those like myself in the field of Leadership Development, there is an important and urgent critique of mainstream leadership development practices (Ch 14); enticing alternatives and ideas are provided, under the heading of ‘Leadership Formation’. I look forward to learning more about the ‘Analytic-Network Coaching Process©’. We need such tools and techniques to support leaders to grow into the challenges of 21st Century leadership.
I also like that the first three discourses (Controller Leadership, Therapist Leadership, and Messiah Leadership) are not categorically in the past; there is a real and pressing need for these types of leadership in certain sectors/professions, and even in certain departments within organisations. For example, Therapist Leaders add such value as middle managers; another example – the advantages of Controller Leaders in Finance and Production departments.
Eco-Leadership is not here to replace the other discourses, but to take a ‘meta-position’, and ensure that “each specific organisation, and each local part, finds the right emphasis and balance between the discourses” (p299). “But more importantly, leaders can develop greater awareness of the layers of leadership that exist in their organisation, and reflect on their own and the organisation’s leadership valency that drives and constricts change” (p300). For me, this places the Eco-Leadership meta-position into the important Organisational Development space.
I look forward to re-reading and re-reading this book!
As a clinician working both in Primary Care for the NHS, and a having role in management for our CCG, with limited formal training, but an expectation to lead, I found this text invaluable in framing and helping me to understand the environment in which we all now have to work.
Clearly we are not given all the answers(that would take more than a book)but are given a rich tapestry to give context to our experiences, and help us understand how we can influence and lead positively, despite the wide range of behaviours surrounding us.
Equally importantly the book is well researched, referenced, and an extremely positive, yet easy read, I would recommend it to anyone interested in or working with teams irrespective of their field.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews